ITHACA, N.Y. (March 22, 2014) – Behind hat tricks from redshirt junior midfielder Lauren Sbrilli (Martinsville, N.J.) and redshirt sophomore midfielder Kristin Kocher (Medford, N.J.), the Rutgers women’s lacrosse team (5-4, 0-0 BIG EAST) secured a 10-9 come-from-behind win over Cornell (4-3, 1-1 Ivy) in nonconference action Saturday afternoon. The win is the second consecutive victory for RU, and the first road win of the season for the squad.
Rutgers battled back from a 7-3 first-half deficit by out-scoring the hosts by a 7-2 margin in the second half. After being outshot 16-6 in the opening stanza, RU came out of the intermission firing on all cylinders, scoring three goals in the first six minutes of play to even the score at 7-7 before taking a lead it would never relinquish in the 23rd minute.
Sbrilli finished with a team-high four goals on seven shots. Kocher recorded three goals and added an assist to tie Sbrilli for the team-lead in points.
Also scoring for RU were junior midfielder Jenny Vlahos (Manhasset, N.Y.), senior attacker Megan Clements (Pennington, N.J.) and redshirt senior midfielder Amanda Trendell (Yorktown Heights, N.Y.). Vlahos also added an assist to finish with two points.
Cornell was led by Catherine Ellis’ two goals. Four total players finished with two points each for the Big Red.
The Scarlet Knights found themselves in an early 4-0 deficit before netting their first score of the game on an unassisted goal by Sbrilli at 21:43. The Big Red extended its lead to 5-1 on a goal by Shelby McNeilly at 16:55, until Sbrilli added her second winner at 15:46 (5-2). Back-to-back goals by Cornell’s Amanda D’Amico and Catherine Ellis gave the hosts their largest lead of the game at 7-2. Kocher accounted for the third and last goal of the half by RU at the 8:19 mark. Both teams failed to score in the remaining eight minutes of the stanza.
In the second half, Sbrilli would again spearhead RU’s offensive production, netting her third goal of the game just over a minute in. 38 seconds later, Vlahos responded with an unassisted goal to make the score 7-5. Sbrilli added her fourth and final score at 26:32, two minutes before Kocher tallied the game-tying goal.
Kocher added the go-ahead goal, and what proved to be the game winner, in the 23rd minute. She would then assist on Clements’ score at 17:22 to give RU its first two-score advantage (9-7).
The Big Red threatened to come back, getting within a single tally at 14:35 off a score by Rachel Moody, but Trendell regained a two-point edge for the visitors at 11:11 off a free position goal. Cornell added a final score at 9:29, but Rutgers was able to keep the hosts off the board for the rest of regulation to come away with the victory.
Rutgers is back in action for its second-straight road game on Wednesday, March 26 at Hofstra. Game time is slated for 7 p.m.
- With the win, Rutgers improves to 4-12 all-time against Cornell.
- The Big Red held the advantage over RU in shots (25-17) and draw controls (13-8). The Scarlet Knights edged the hosts in ground balls (17-15) and committed 18 turnovers to Cornell’s 15.
- Rutgers’ 10 goals were a season-high for the squad. The Scarlet Knights’ previous high in goals scored this season was eight, which they notched against both Delaware and James Madison.
- RU’s seven second-half goals are the most the squad had scored in a single frame since Rutgers netted seven scores in the first half against Princeton on March 19 of last season. The Scarlet Knights went on to defeat the Tigers, 12-10.
- RU entered today’s contest with a 0-2 mark in away games. The Scarlet Knights have played six of its first eight matchups of the season “On the Banks.”
- Lauren Sbrilli’s four goals tied her career-high in scores. She had previously netted four goals against Villanova during the 2012 campaign.
- Lauren Sbrilli’s hat trick is her second of the season. Against Delaware (March 1), the midfielder also led the squad with four scores.
- Lauren Sbrilli has now recorded 16 multi-goal games in her career, including three this season.
- Lauren Sbrilli leads Rutgers in both points (15) and goals (13) on the season.
- Kristin Kocher’s three goals marked the first hat-trick of the midfielder’s career and a new career-high. Her previous best was two, which she accomplished against both Cornell (Feb. 25, 2012) and Notre Dame (March 30, 2012).
- The last time two Scarlet Knights recorded hat tricks in the same game was on March 13 of last season against Hofstra, when Katrina Martinelli (4 Gs), Megan Clements (5 Gs) and Amanda Trendell (3 Gs) teamed up to score 12 of RU’s 13 goals in a seven-score win over the Pride.
- Amanda Trendell’s goal was her first of the season. Last year, the tri-captain finished with 14 scores – the fifth highest total on the squad.
- Rutgers went with the starting 12 of Kim Kolodny, Sara Kramer, Lauren Sbrilli, Kristin Kocher, Jenny Vlahos, Sarah Mahon, Chelsea Intrabartola, Megan Clements, Claire MacDougall, Amanda Trendell, Taylor Pennell and Amanda Currell. It marked RU’s ninth different lineup in as many games.
- Candice Dandridge earned her second career win today, after denying five shots in 44:33 minutes of action. Dandridge entered the game half-way through the first half.
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